source text limitation

Community Beginner ,
May 26, 2022 May 26, 2022

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Hi everyone, I have some motion designer projects that needs to be reworked into templates. many designers use source text to link their texts that appear in different compositions, but as you all know this is not a great idea, it ignores all the control from the character palette. Is there a way to link the text in a way that would keep individual character tracking, or size and position of certain characters, even capitals for some characters ? please see enclosed pic. Comp 1 (0;00;00;00).jpg

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May 26, 2022 May 26, 2022

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Sounds like you're new into this area. This is the official Webpages on Text Styling with Expressions in AE - 
https://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/using/expressions-text-properties.html

and this is useful too - 
https://ae-expressions.docsforadobe.dev/text-style.html

You will also want to search this forum for related Qs/Content. One critical fact to note is a single AE Text Layer can only support one Text Style and the sourceRectAtTime() Expression Method is a critical underlying know-how to get things to work between Text and Shape Layers (if you're looking at using panels/boxes for your text). HTH 

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May 26, 2022 May 26, 2022

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thanks Roland, yes I am aware about the font limitation. I am also aware of the sourcerectattime, but Im looking for a way to link text that can do what I illustrated in the photo but that it will follow exactly. It may not be possible, but thats why Im asking. And I did check the search before I posted. Sometimes I use a master precomp for text when all else fails, but that too is not an ideal solution for a couple of reasons.

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May 26, 2022 May 26, 2022

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Everything's possible if you break up each word into it's own Text Layer and allow for selecting superscript as an option. But as you can imagine, it can get unwieldly. To simplify matters, for a template, you may include a template which already has a superscript in the original text - user then selects this if they require a superscript and selects the 'normal' template if they only require standard text characters. Tracking etc are usually set to Auto in AE but you can allow for adjustments in your template. HTH

This example uses a text layer for each word. The sentence is Expressions driven; read from a JSON file which was exported from a spreadsheet as a TSV and then concerted into a JSON.

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thanks Roland, 

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